Programme for Government Commitments 2022-23: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

You asked if the following 2022-23 Programme for Government Commitments have been fulfilled. You also requested us to provide as much detail as possible:

  1. Invest a further £15 million in Children and Young People’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing. (I.E how much funding was provided to Children and Young People’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing in 2022/23.
  2. Fund the Scottish National Investment Bank to continue to develop its portfolio. (I.E How much funding was provided to SNIB in 2022-23).
  3. Boost entrepreneurship by opening six tech scalers across the country to provide ground breaking support for tech founders to scale up their businesses and to create new jobs across the country.
  4. Continue the £34 million Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund where we co-invest with manufacturing industries to decarbonise industrial processes. I.E How much finding was allocated to SIETF in 2022-23.
  5. Undertake a review of how best to significantly increase the number of social enterprises, employee-owned businesses and cooperatives in Scotland.
  6. Undertake research and advice to improve workplace productivity and wellbeing, including on the delivery of a four-day working week pilot. I.E has pilot began?


To aid my response I have retained the numbering from your request above:

Request for Information 1: The Scottish Government provided local authorities with £15 million in 2022/23 to continue the delivery of community-based mental health and wellbeing supports and services for children, young people and their families.

A breakdown of the funding each Local Authority received in the year 2022/23 is listed in the table below:







Argyll & Bute




Dumfries & Galloway


Dundee City


East Ayrshire


East Dunbartonshire


East Lothian


East Renfrewshire




Eilean Siar
















North Ayrshire


North Lanarkshire


Orkney Islands


Perth & Kinross




Scottish Borders


Shetland Islands


South Ayrshire


South Lanarkshire




West Dunbartonshire


West Lothian




More information related to the mental health strategy can be found here: Meeting of the Parliament: 17/05/2023 | Scottish Parliament Website and Mental Health Strategy: FOI release - (

Request for Information 2: The funding made available to the Bank was published in the Scottish Government 2022/23 Budget Bill. Please see table 6.16 on page 64. Scottish Budget: 2023-24 (
The Budget was revised at Spring Budget Revision. Please see table 3.10 on page 44. Spring Budget Revision 2022-23: Supporting Document (
The Bank will publish its 2022/23 Annual Accounts during September 2023.

Request for Information 3: This commitment has been fulfilled. The National Techscaler network consisting of six regional hubs, a website(Techscaler | Building Startups in Scotland) and an online community platform went live on 30 November 2022. Further information can be found here: Supporting the tech sector - (

Request for Information 4: Delivery of this commitment is ongoing, with the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund continuing to receive applications from a range of industrial manufacturing sectors. Up to and including the financial year 2022-23, over 20 projects have been offered grants totalling £12m. Further information can be found here: Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (SIETF) - Energy efficiency - (
Subject to financial processes, a further set of successful applicants are expected to be informed by the end of 2023.

Request for Information 5: Under an independent Chair, the review work began on 27 June 2023 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Request for Information 6: The 2023-24 Pay Strategy includes a commitment to a four-day working week pilot in the public sector to determine our future policy. Further information can be found here: Section 4: Key Features of the 2023-24 Pay Strategy - Public sector pay strategy 2023 to 2024 - (
The Scottish Government is working with a number of public bodies who have expressed an interest in participating in the pilot and are seeking an expert partner organisation who will support the public bodies participating in the pilot, assist with the pilot design and produce an evaluation report following the conclusion of the pilot. It is anticipated that the pilot will begin later this year.

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